Re: FYI:GOV - Your Papers, Please?
Fri, 3 Jul 1998 11:36:55 EDT

In a message dated 7/3/98 10:01:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Passive, pigment-marked (laminated) cellulose ID is one thing. A smart card, possibly with a short-range transponder is another thing entirely. Or ubiquitous biometry readers.>>

I agree that it's another thing entirely.

<<For what's this is worth: I am against compulsory IDs of any flavour. Having reliable, remote, realtime identification/authentication is crucial, but it should be

  1. voluntary b) retractable at any time. Orelse this opens up a can of worms, economy size.

Hmmm... all right, I actually somewhat disagree. I think that identification should be compulsory when engaging in certain functions at which security is extremely important. And I think that the ability to present some proof of who you are to government agencies AND to private agencies who are not familiar with you is extremely important. So I think that everyone ought to at least be issued an ID. I don't however think that you should be required to carry it when, say, taking a stroll around the neighborhood.